Recommended by the very nice lady at our new grocery, A Taste of India, the library now owns two of the great Bollywood musicals: Kuch kuch hota hai (aka K2H2) and Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham (aka K3G). Both of these movies are visual treats with elaborate costumes, settings, and music, but the newer one, K3G (2008), is especially lush. The fictional family in K3G is immensely wealthy, with private planes and helicopters, a huge stone mansion, and expensive schools. The story takes place partly in London, but this is a view of London I had never seen. The story also is unique, giving fascinating glimpses into Hindu family tradition and culture.
Both movies are close to three hours long, so expect to take a break halfway through. You certainly get your money's worth with these films--they really have everything, and more of it. The first one, K2H2, has musical pieces that remind me of Grease--the whole film has the feel of a high school movie. Told largely by the young daughter of the main character(played by superstar Shah Rukh Khan), it follows a sweet story of girl meets boy, boy falls in love with another girl, girl disappears from his life, other girl dies, daughter finds first girl for sad dad and tries to get them together). Kids will love seeing the luxurious life of the daughter, how it differs and compares to American tv kids.
If you haven't tried any of the quality films coming out of India, I strongly suggest these two if you like musicals at all.There is lots of English in them, so you won't be reading subtitles the whole time. They can be found by searching their titles or by searching for musicals in our computer catalog. ~ Tessa K2H2 3.5 out of 5; K3G 4 out of 5. July 2013